Few World Cup fans saw this one coming. Many pre-tournament rankings had Argentina in the top 10, with a shot to win it all, thanks in large part to Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. He’s considered by many to be the greatest player in the game, though some make a case for
Then on Thursday, Croatia stunned Argentina with a 3-0 victory, and now Messi and team are on the brink of elimination.
Naturally, Messi was the topic of many of the tweets buzzing around after the game. Some felt he was overrated, but the great player had many defenders. Said one: “It always annoys me seeing people mock Messi. You don’t love football if you don’t love Messi. Simple.” But another noted that his World Cup performance hasn’t lived up to his actions with his regular team, saying, “Messi is a goat when playing for Barcelona but a sheep when playing for Argentina.”
It always annoys me seeing people mock Messi. You don’t love football if you don’t love Messi. Simple.
— Ross Zambra (@TheKingOfPing) June 21, 2018
Amazing how 10 years of Messi being the greatest player of all time is all of a sudden void because he’s had 2 bad games playing with the biggest gang of crabs goin.
— Jay Winsor (@Jaywinsor4) June 21, 2018
There are those who wanted Messi to win the World Cup in order for them to win arguments that they shouldn’t even be part of, and there are those who wanted it because it would make Messi happy.
The first are stupid, and the second have all my respect
— Ahmad (@ahmadf_o) June 21, 2018
Messi is a Goat when playing for Barcelona but a Sheep when playing for Argentina 😭😭 #ARGCRO
— DaT AkWa IbOm Gee👊🇳🇬 (@ClintonViceB) June 21, 2018
And the Messi-Ronaldo “who’s the greatest of all time?” debate started up again. It’s perhaps an unwinnable fight, since both men are so good. Wrote one Twitter user: “Messi and Ronaldo fans actually bore me … Messi took (Argentina) to the final in 2014 and won the Golden Ball, but they’ve battled this year. Ronaldo could win the Golden Ball with (Portugal) this year, but didn’t get out of the group in 2014. They’re both phenomenal, phenomenal players.”
Ronaldo can do bits with even inferior teams. But unless your side is set for Messi perfectly like in Barcelona he doesn’t shine. Ronaldo would be a star even playing for Burnley.
That is why Ronaldo >>> Messi
Don’t debate. pic.twitter.com/DGtLfKOcp2
— Regină ⁵ ?????? (@_RIZmadridista) June 21, 2018
Ronaldo has had a great tournament so far. Who knows, Portugal could even win this tournament with Ronaldo scoring 20 goals. It won’t change anything about a matter that was settled long before this tournament: Lionel Messi is the greatest of this generation, at least!
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 21, 2018
Messi and Ronaldo fans actually bore me…
Messi took #ARG to the final in 2014 and won the Golden Ball, but they’ve battled this year.
Ronaldo could win the Golden Ball with #POR this year, but didn’t get out of the group in 2014.
They’re both phenomenal, phenomenal players.
— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) June 21, 2018
One of Croatia’s goals was literally handed to them when goalkeeper Willy Caballero gave the ball right to Croatian winger Ante Rebić, who scored. One viewerin the recent NBA finals, writing “Lionel Messi is the Lebron James of football. Not only does he have to beat his opponents single-handedly but he also has to overcome his own teammates playing against him. Willy Caballero = JR Smith.”
Lionel Messi is the Lebron James of football. Not only does he have to beat his opponents single-handedly but he also has to overcome his own teammates playing against him. Willy Caballero = JR Smith.#ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/e7tddJYcO8
— Carlos Valencia (@carlos_valencia) June 21, 2018
In other Thursday games, many fans were excited by the tournament’s youngest player, 19-year-old Australian midfielder Daniel Arzani, who played during his team’s 1-1 tie with Denmark. Wrote one Twitter user: “His family migrated to Australia when he was 7. He could have played for either Iran or Australia, but chose Socceroos. His club side is Melbourne City. He’s a great example of Australian multiculturalism and football as the world’s game.”
Australian 19-year-old Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the World Cup, just made one of the better moves of the World Cup
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) June 21, 2018
Today is the day the world learned who Daniel Arzani is 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) June 21, 2018
Next big thing in the way of aussies. Arzani mooy leckie and ryan will carry the socceroos for the next decade.
— miffy pohlner (@MiffyPohlner) June 21, 2018
His family migrated to Australia when he was 7. He could have played for either Iran or Australia, but chose Socceroos. His club side is Melbourne City. He’s a great example of Australian multiculturalism and football as the world’s game ?
— Alex (@iCranky2) June 21, 2018
you: sweating, nervous, throwing up mom’s spaghetti
Arzani: legit, cold blooded
— Ben Cuzzupe (@BenCuzzupe) June 21, 2018
The Danes were clearly very concerned with Arzani’s pace. Shame he didn’t get the whole half.
— Rebel With A Cause (@tequilarebel) June 21, 2018
In the day’s other game, France scored an underwhelming 1-0 victory to eliminate Peru and clinch a spot in the round of 16. Kylian Mbappe, 19, became the youngest French player to score in a World Cup game after his first-half goal. He then posed and delivered a shoulder shrug to the crowd.
As for Argentina, their fate is out of the team’s hands for now, as they’ll need other games to go their way to stay in contention. Stay tuned.
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